"The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who--in their grudge against traditional religion as the "opium of the masses"--cannot hear the music of the spheres." --Albert Einstein

When Linda Hoy, author of The Effect, quotes the above from Albert Einstein, she knows of what she speaks. Her book is a wonderful attempt at uniting what has been torn asunder ever since Nietzsche declared that God was dead. Hoy traverses both worlds here---exploring everything from the Pauli effect and Rupert Sheldrake's exceptional parrot---to the near death experience as detailed in the work of the likes of Elizabeth Kubler Ross and the recent offerings of Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick.

Along the way, Hoy makes use of one of her greatest gifts, her ability to write in the engaging manner we expect from an author well versed in the art of story telling. The questions she leaves us with are important and timely--how do we bring together these two disparate lines of thinking and feeling (the spiritual and the scientific) so that we enlarge our world view? How do we get the dialogue going in a time when the likes of Richard Dawkins rule the airwaves?

With Hoy at the helm, a respectful and engaging conversation between the two camps looks more possible than ever. If you are interested in quantum physics, the sudden appearance of (in this case, 27) angels, what lies behind the creative impulse and the concept of synchronicity, this book is for you.

Béa Gonzalez

Netgallery.com

2012

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